21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Seoul — 4 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, see the interesting displays at National Folk Museum of Korea, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip planning tool.

Nairobi, Kenya to Seoul is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Nairobi to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nairobi in October: highs in Seoul hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulsanbawi Rock.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sokcho online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sokcho, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Seokguram and then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Gyeongju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip tool.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Busan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Suncheon.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 and then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

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Traveling by car from Busan to Suncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in November, expect nights in Suncheon to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Historic Sites
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 nights

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Take a break from Jeju with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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